Pretty secure passwords with patterns
DotPass is an app for generating and retrieving passwords. You enter a graphical pattern in a dot grid and a plain text seed word (like "facebook", "work email" or whatever makes sense to you), and the app then generates a password based on this unique combination.
Tap the password to copy it, and if you've got Continuity/Handoff set up between your devices you can even paste in the password on you mac via the Universal Clipboard.
The idea is that a graphic pattern and plain seed words are much easier to remember than strong passwords. Any change in either pattern or seed word results in a completely different password. So you can decide on one pattern and reuse together with different seed words for different accounts, and get good different passwords for each account.
As long as you remember the pattern you've chosen and the plain text seed words for your accounts, you can get your passwords back. But unlike other solutions your passwords are never stored on your device or sent into the "cloud", so there is no password information in the app that can be stolen or lost.
- All generated passwords contain numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters to fulfill common password criteria.
- Select either 9 or 18 character passwords
- For security app resets and clears any copied passwords from the pasteboard after use.
There is also a macOS version of DotPass available in the Mac App Store. So you can easily access the same passwords on your mac as well.
To make these passwords secure you must of course keep your pattern and seed words secret, just as you would with your password. If you are worried about someone looking over your shoulder you can use the extra privacy features in the app to hide the pattern, seed or password after entry. For added security the app automatically resets if left in the background more than a minute.
For a more in-depth security discussion go to
- New auto-copy password option.
- Interface adapted to new iOS 13 dark/light mode and controls.
- Pattern ghost-writing can now be toggled on/off when drawing the pattern.
- The password length toggle is now always shown.
Ratings and Reviews
Does as described
If you’re having a problem, you’re doing something wrong.
BUT,no special characters
Unfortunately, missing special characters in passwords, 3-stars
Developer Response ,
It's true that some passwords (especially if you use 9 characters passwords and not 18) will not contain special characters, but most will. This is because there are quite few special characters when compared to numbers and letters, so if there was a rule that one character has to be a special character this would make the password much easier to guess and less safe.
Data Not Collected
The developer does not collect any data from this app.
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- Lars Gafvert
- 2.6 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2020 Lost Minds
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.